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Hazel Technologies keeps fruit fresh with innovative pads

Smart City Chirine Etezadzadeh

Can pads that extend the freshness of fruits reduce food waste? Image source: Shutterstock (#147929441).

Chicago-based Hazel Technologies has developed a packaging insert that helps prevent fungus and mold, and thus slow the spoilage of fruits and vegetables. The company’s products such as BerryBrite and FruitBrite come in form of small pads that are placed in containers alongside the produce. They there emit ingredients including ethylene inhibitors and anti-fungal agents.

“The geographic range of produce distribution is limited by shelf-life. If I’m a Florida grower of starfruit, it’s hard to sell it in Vancouver. This technology allows me to get it all the way there in shape where customers and consumers will want it,” the CEO of Hazel CEO Aidan Mouat said.

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